Reflections

WebMD Syndrome

Definition: the tendency to think in worst-case scenarios with constant anxiety; continual catastrophic thinking

Yes, we've all done it: we feel a little sick, we Google our symptoms, and five minutes later, we have cancer. I call it WebMD syndrome, the tendency to attach our…

Gratitude Imperfectionist Poems Reflections

Your Unobtrusive Joys

Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s “Thanksgiving” from her collection, Custer and Other Poems, is a beautiful ode to gratitude and noticing. Can we express more gratitude in our life by noticing life’s details? Can we offer praise to those who do kind things for us and…

Gratitude Reflections

John F. Kennedy on Thanksgiving

George Washington proclaimed the first Day of Thanksgiving on November 26, 1789 during the first year of his presidency, but Thanksgiving didn’t become an annual tradition until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving during the midst of the American…

Quotes Reflections

Be Hated for What You Are

We learn to respond to the expectations of others. Some of us get trapped in this cycle from childhood. Some of us learn later in life by focusing on external values, like money and material things. We become approval addicts, and live in fear…

Reflections

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Fear

Fear is essential to our lives. Without it, we would be deprived of our basic needs. Fear is biologically ingrained in all of us. It protects us by giving us an adrenaline response in dangerous situations, allowing us to survive.

Fear is also necessary for…

Reflections

Jonathan Fields on the Formula for Luck

She published a book. She’s lucky. National Geographic featured his photo. He’s lucky. She has a great job. She’s lucky. He gets to travel the world. He’s lucky. We often think of people in fortunate circumstances as lucky. Sometimes, luck truly is serendipitous. That person…